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president obama on the passing of nelson mandela. our coverage continues throughout the evening and again on >>> new at 5:00, tonight, we are hearing from one of the world's richest women who caused a deadly crash in northern virginia. >> 74-year-old jacqueline mars, co-owner of mars candy company pleaded guilty to reckless driving. julie carey reports it was the victim's relatives who spared mars from going to prison. >> reporter: these photos show the horrifying aftermath of what prosecutors say was a tragic accident on the afternoon of october 4th. a porsche suv crossed the center line of route 50 and struck a van carrying a family from texas who had come for a wedding. a van passenger, 86-year-old was killed instantly and the van's driver who was eight months pregnant lost her baby. today, inside a courtroom, that family asked for mercy for jacqueline mars. >> what we saw here today was the great moment in human forgiveness and compassion. >>reporter: news 4 reported mars told a rescuer she had fallen asleep at the wheel. she was not under the influence of drugs
president george w. bush awarded mandela with a presidential medal of freedom and president obama met with mandela once back when he was a senator in 2005. so right now as we await for the president to speak about the passing of nelson mandela. >> i know it will be some heartfelt remarks from the president because when you think about it, it's this nation's first african american president offering sentiments about south africa's first black president, clearly tied together by their roles in history and connected a number of times in person, the obama family connecting with mandela's family in south africa. again you're looking right now outside of nelson mandela's home in johannesburg where people have gathered to remember, to reflect upon the life of the man they call madeva. he is the father of modern south africa, dead at 95. >> interestingly right now a lot of south africans are asleep because it is past midnight in south africa. so they're going to wake up to this news. those who have heard, many of them, probably heard on social media. we saw some reports on twitter and facebo
a number of visitors, including first lady michelle obama. it also mandela became a living symbol of freedom -- nelson mandela became a living symbol of freedom and the strength of south africa and freedom beyond. has already begun at the south african embassy. hassle fella has more. >> at the south african embassy, a real-life reminder of this man's life and legacy. in front of the embassy, the nine foot statue made of bronze, designed by a south african sculptor, modeled after images of mandela back in 1990. the closed fist, almost signaling victory. he was jailed 27 years three decades ago, at the very spot where dozens of protesters, americans included, who were arrested because they were protecting against apartheid in south africa. we talked with this 12-year-old girl who came with her father to pay tribune to this man. we asked why anybody this young should care about his legacy. she said, because he fought for many people. >> i want to pray for his family, his him, and all the people suffering for his loss. and i would like to say thank you for him and everything he did fo
mandela. president obama and first lady michelle obama departed on air force one just a short time ago. tomorrow's memorial service will also serve as a rare reunion for nearly all of the living american presidents. >>> kpix5cate courigan is in the news room. a real security challenge. >> reporter: 8000 mourners are expected to attend the memorial and authorities say thousands of police officers will be on hand. right now, a memorial outside of mandela's former home is growing as well as a crowd of south africa's that have come together since the death. >> police are preparing today for a memorial service for nelson mandela at a johannesburg soccer stadium. president obama leaves this morning for south africa where he'll attend the massive public memorial. former president's bush, clinton and carter will also be in attendance along with more than 50 heads of state, making it one of the largest gatherings of world leaders in recent history. >> this is a test for us. >> reporter: the head of south africa's national defense force says the country is prepared for the challenge of equipping
should act like mandela tonight. obama should call boehner and say we are working on a deal. >> out in calling for social justice he's doing that. >> billy -- >> you're making no sense. >> that end this is segment. up next, let the softball questionses tingle up your leg, thrill up your leg. his number one fan, he sat down with the president? did he bow, worship, light candles? we'll play some of that coming up. you have been voting for tonight's video of the day. third final option is a clip of the hilarious -- well, somewhat funny, occasionally funny ron burgundy at emerson college. >> i thought you guys only met once every four years. to pick the president. but to be here at the electoral college -- is it? am i getting that right? emerson. emerson college. >> don't forget. we want to hear from you. log onto follow the show, share your thoughts. you can join us on twitter @sean hannity. how are things with the new guy? all we do is go out to dinner. that's it? i mean, he picks up the tab every time, which is great...what? he's using you. he probably has a
mandela. president obama, former presidents george w. bush, and bill clinton will be among the dignitaries attending. the memorial service will be held tuesday in johannesburg. and ellis funeral is scheduled for next sunday. -- mandela's funeral is scheduled for next sunday. earlier today, the family issued a statement. >> the leader of our family is gone. in our hearts, and our souls, he will always be with us. >> the family says it is humbled by the messages they have received from governments and people all around the world. as the world remembers mandela, abc 7 news and will have extensive coverage. leon harris and scott thuman are traveling to johannesburg. we will have live report starting monday on the newscast. detainedly american for weeks in north korea is back home tonight in the u.s. we will tell you what he said about his release. plus, why a charity race involving prince harry was suspended. batkid?mber that kid -- >> 72 years ago today, japan launched a surprise attack on pearl harbor. ceremonies were held to remember what president franklin d roosevelt called "a da
to pay their respects. >> i'm not sure obama would be president without mandela. >> he's changed not only south africa, but the world. everybody united today. >> reporter: apartheid was his mission. he brought white jailers to his presidential inauguration in >> reporter: the white house announced president obama will go to south africa joining world leaders and south africans for the funeral of nelson mandela. there will be a major memorial remembrance service here in washington for this foreign leader held in such high esteem by so many americans. i'm steve handelsman, news 4. >>> you can offer your condolences to mandela's family at the national museum of african art. there's a condolence book on display. it will be there. howard university is rescheduling their remembrance celebration. it was supposed to take place today at noon, but they are reorganizing it so the celebration can be bigger. they want a larger tribute. you can see this exhibit next time you are on campus. it chronicles his life and will be on display through april. for more information on funeral plans, visit www.nbcw
president jacob zuma made the sad announcement a little over an hour ago. >> south africans, nelson mandela, the founding president of our democratic nation has departed. this is the moment of our deepest sorrow. our nation has lost its greatest son. >> a short time ago president obama had this to say about nelson mandela from the white house. >> his journey from a prisoner to a president embodied the promise that human beings and countries can change for the better. his commitment to transfer power and reconcile with those who jailed him set an example that all humanity should aspire to, whether in the lives of nations or our own personal lives. the fact that he did it all with grace and with humor and an ability to acknowledge his own imperfections only makes the man that much more remarkable. >> the president went on to say he didn't think it was likely we'd see mandela's like again. joining us now via telephone is former d.c. mayor, current council member marion barry who was i think you were mayor still when nelson mandela was released from prison in 1992. am i correct, mr. mayor? >> a
morning to you. i echo president obama sentiments about nelson mandela. reagan had mandela, as well as bush, he was considered a terrorist. it is funny how when we look , martinthese folks luther king and mandela, two of humans in theble century. they were looked upon during their lives, not so much as the heroes that they are now. just remember that. host: john, thank you for the call. this piece from "ast." why mandela? what exactly makes nelson mandela so special? apart from the fact that he emerged from 27 years in apartheid prisons bearing so little malice. he insisted on reconciliation being central to a truth commission in order to heal wounds caused by years of bitter racial hatred. bok rugby a spring jersey in a bold bid to unite the nation behind the mainly white south african team. he stepped down after just one term, unlike too many world leaders who cling to it until they -- it destroys them or the nation they are leading. next is james, grand forks, north dakota. republican mind, good morning. -- republican line, good morning. caller: i am concerned about the individua
mandela. president obama and three former presidents are headed so south africa today for tuesday's memorial service. >> colder temperatures reaching the east coast, making football games on sunday almost impossible to see and to play. good morning and welcome to august make. i'm del walters. that storm causing pile ups in several states, accidents on the pennsylvania turn pike sunday involved almost 60 vehicles. amateur video shows the long line of cars halted by a crash near redding, pennsylvania. we have been tracking the storm all day now. what's the latest? >> we still have a lot of messy weather, almost much of the wintery weather has switched over to rain, so that is the good news. it is certainly continuing to cause problems across the area, taking a toll over much of the country. if you booked a flight, call ahead before heading to the and i want. >> the arctic blast now entering its second week is causing misery across the country. staying warm is not easy when there is ice, snow and temperatures as low as 20 degrees in some areas. >> i have got on wool socks and on two
, celebrating the life of nelson mandela and world leaders are expected to travel to south africa. president obama is expected to be one of them. reporting live from washington, i'm steve handelsman. back to you. >> thank you. our coverage continues this evening. shomari stone rushed to the south african embassy this afternoon and he joins us live from there. shoma shomari? >> reporter: good evening, we are on massachusetts avenue and drivers are coming by, honking their horns, some putting up their fist paying tribute to nelson mandela. there is a fence here. why? the embassy is under construction. you look behind me and you can see this ten foot statue paying tribute to nelson mandela. it was unveiled two months ago. his fist raised in a power salute. it's in northwest d.c. activists staged sit ins and protests and spurred the u.s. to pose sanctions. let's roll video of mr. mandela. he was africa's former president who helped break the country system of racial discrimination. he died this evening, age 95. south african president jacob zuma announced the death at a somber news conference. p
begin in south africa on tuesday, presidents obama, bush and carter will all attend. nelson mandela visited our country just after he was released from prison back in 1990. our next guest was the man who matt him at the airport in new york city. quote, mandela was a genuine hero, also my personal hero, a transcend ant symbol of freedom, he believed against overwhelming odds he would one day succeed. he was ready to die for his beliefs. there may have been people equal in modern history but i would dare say no one was ever greater. joining us new york city mayor david dinkins. mr. mayor, welcome. >> good to see you again. >> good to see you, too. we know him and remember him as an icon. you knew him personally. what was he like as a person? >> that's the thing that was most amazing about him, total absence of bitterness. i don't know who among us after having been imprisoned for more than 27 years in protest against a cause you deeply believe could behave as he did. but here is a man who when they asked him why aren't you angry and what not? his response was to be angry was to contin
. >> people gathered at mandela's statue outside the african embassy. >> my boys can have the opportunity to do a lot more things. >> president obama, aing a hanukkah celebration at the white house spoke of him. >> sought to bring about justice, not only in south africa, but i think to inspire millions around the world. >> those millions moved by mandela's long walk to freedom. imprisoned for 27 years, i became a global symbol of the fight against apartheid from his tiny cell, mandela rallied millions against racism and injustice. after heavy pressure from home and around the world, they releaseds mandela and began dismantling apartheid. >> never shall will be the beautiful love, the oppression of one to another. >> next week, south 56 africa will hold a memorial at a 90,000 seat stadium. president obama plans to attend. >> there was a carbon monoxide leak but seven now allowed back inside. >> investigators are trying to find out what cased a fire in maryland. it broke out 10:30 thursday night two large hazardous materials containers were burning there. the crew arrived and worked to cont
up the type of deal? south africa to attend nelson mandela's funeral. >> president obama being the first black president of the united states, talked about how he admired man tella from afar. he remembers seeing him from his >>> right now, people in south africa are remembering their president as people mark his death with prayer. celebrating his life. the 94-year-old chied thursday and will be buried one week from today. here in washington you have a chance to attend a memorial service for nelson mandela. offering a limited number of tickets for wednesday morning's memorial service held at the national cathedral. people have been gathering to lay flowers on the statue of mandela. condolence book is available for people to sign until tuesday. hosting nightly vigils tonight, tomorrow and tuesday night. >> this morning, we've learned four of the five living u.s. presidents will head to south africa this week. former president jimmy carter, the latest to confirm that he will head to johannesburg. this comes after presidents barack obama, bill clinton and george w. bush -- george h
in june. nelson mandela was too ill to receive him as a visitor. the inspiration, the sight of the obama girls in that prison cell in robin island with their father, the lesson, the moral authority he has been. the nobel prize he one. that was one of the most important moments. he signed the law when he became president that made discrimination against the white minority illegal in south africa. that is the moral leadership for which he won, co-won the prize with his former presser. that is the lesson for the withhold world. >> you are so right. he is the man. a string of american presidents they had in common. back to charlene. i know you have friends and family long associations there. i'm hoping that you can report to us that he was at peace at the end. >> yes, i think that he's been at peace for some time. he's been on a breathing tube and members of the family have said for the longest time that he seemed alert. although in the last few days, that has changed just a bit because the family became more somber as they talked about his health. i understand that michelle, who has a progr
, with president obama and the first lady just boarding on the way to south africa to pay tribute this week to nelson mandela with other world leaders >> gas prices have got up three cents a gallon according to the new survey putting the national average for a gallon of regular at $3.29, nearly ten cents less than a yearing a at this time. california above average price rose four cents to $3.5 a gallon and the cheapest gas in the lower 48 is in tulsa, oklahoma, where drivers pay $2.84 a gallon and the most expensive gas is not in the bay area but in los angeles, $3.61. >> butterflies are the latest political target in san francisco, the commission on the environment approved a resolution urging the toy been releasing but the for flies at weddings saying they are animals to be respected and should not be used add decorations. mop arcs are the most sought after for ceremonies. supporters are concerned the butterflies could damage native species. >> a start-up is looking to invent the incredible edible egg without the "egg." the san francisco start-up backed by bill gates is scouring the plane
and why some oppose. >>> president obama heading to south africa for nelson mandela's funeral. how the service will serve as a rare union for other elite americans. >>> newschopper2 has just arrived. we're looking at lanes of the crash on highway 4 being cleaned up, live as we speak. you can see. the damage is already done. find out how long this back up is on highway. >>> when was the last time it was this cold? 1989, 1990, and 1972. moist words were set in 1972. we'll if we've set any -- we'll see if we've set any records yet -- coming up. >>> welcome back. 7:15. new this morning, president obama is on his way to south africa right now to attend the memorial service for nelson mandela. now, you watched it here live on the morning news about two hours ago. president obama and first lady michelle obama boarding air force one. now, also on air force one for the trip to south africa former president george w. bush, his wife, laura, and former secretary of state hillary clinton. former presidents jimmy carter and bill clinton will also be attending the memorial but they are traveling
mandela's death, i will point you to those remarks. all i can say is that president obama and the first lady will go to south africa next week to pay their respects to the memory of nelson mandela and participate in memorial events. at this point, i don't have more information on logistics. that is all being worked out. in terms of others, i refer you to them at this time. we hope to have it fairly quickly. >> will the president invite them to travel? >> i don't want to get ahead of the process being worked on as far as the timing and logistics. when we have that information, we will get it for you right away. >> jobs numbers, white house officials have told us that the sequester would have dire consequences. those numbers are a welcome surprise for you guys. is some of the austerity not having the effect that you predicted? >> i would not look to what we said and predicted, but what i've it economists have said about the effect of the sequester on job creation and the shutdown on jobs and economic growth. talk about trying to prove a negative or a counterfactual, but the economists say
that the first lady, and obama's daughters met with nelson mandela. on the president's last conversation, we will have to get that to you. >> any plans to go to south africa? i don't have any scheduling updates involving the president of that nature to provide and i will forewarn you that because of the logistics, i will not a way to get one to you yet but we will when it is all prepared. the number of people had obviously already gathered in the media. it is pretty great to have them here in washington. >> the government accountability institute, they announced between july of 2010 and november of this year, the public schedule was released showing that there were no one- on-one meetings with health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius. there were 277 other one-on-one meetings. it draws questions about the leadership skills and the chief executive. i call me beforehand because am in a very charitable mood today so i won't go too strong on this. that report, the published report that was written by an advocate is based on a ridiculously false premise. remember stories about records
that continue outside nelson mandela's home in johannesburg. president obama will travel there to take part in events to honor his life. the country is planning a public memorial on tuesday. his burial takes place the following sunday. several memorial events are planned here in washington, including an official service next week at the national cathedral. shomari stone joins us live from the south african embassy in northwest washington with the latest from there. >> reporter: good evening. right now, i'm standing outside the embassy and i'm in front of the ten-foot statue of nelson mandela unveiled two months ago. let me move out the way. it continues to grow with the flowers and a lot of folks tell me they are concerned a lot of people aren't coming tonight due to the weather. it's worth mentioning folks are honoring the iconic life of nelson mandela. >> it's a -- gosh, i want to say a happy sad. >> reporter: she has mixed emotions at the south african embassy over the death of mandela. he died at 95 years old. >> i don't think he would want us to be sad, you know, he lived a full life.
to start on sunday. >>> tonight the world is mourning the loss of a freedom icon, nelson mandela being remembered as a leader who fought against apartheid and then went on to lead his country and inspire the world. >> president obama, first lady michelle obama, the clintons, oprah will all join world leaders for mandela's state funeral next sunday. this sunday will be a national day of prayer and reflection in south africa. tuesday will be the official public memorial. here in the u.s. the president did order flags to fly at half staff until sunday in honor of the former south african president. >>> the most visual outpouring of grief and celebration of his life is taking place outside mandela's home in a suburb of johannesburg. alphonso van marsh is there. >> reporter: people streamed down the streets toward nelson mandela's johannesburg home singing songs of praise, prayer and freedom. they gathered to pay tribute to the former south african president who died at 95 surrounded by family not far from here. this man says he's not mourning. >> i get to celebrate his life. we cry among
michelle obama will be in south africa on tuesday to pay their final respects to nelson mandela. they plan to attend a memorial in johannesburg at a stadium. the president will travel with former president george w. bush and laura on air force one. bill clinton and jimmy carter also plan to attend. the mandela family released their first statement since he passed away saying they've lost a great man. a son of the soil. here in d.c., a growing tribute outside the south african embassy in northwest. a steady stream of people have been coming since the news broke. one local d.c. resident said she was inspired by the former south african president and felt compelled to visit his statue. >> he was willing to give his life to what he believed in. he moved me. i had to be here. >> a memorial for mandela is being planned at the washington national cathedral on wednesday. >>> news 4 will have complete coverage as the world pays tribute to nelson mandela our. our own jim vance will also be in south africa next week. >>> an 85-year-old california man is home tonight after spending seven weeks as a pr
, you have martin luther king, ghandi, john f. kennedy, mandela and abraham lincoln, winston churchill and barak obama in the middle. >> reporter: south africans feel the deep sense of pride about him. i think mandela was like a mirror reflected back to south africans. south africans want to see themselves in his image. i think that is very powerful now, 20 years after the beginning of democracy. it is key politically. is this the key of mandela's investigations, his dreams? south africans are using this time not to say good-bye to the man. it's a rain check of what this country is, are we doing enough in south africa? there is a real intimacy and a sense of we don't want to betray his vision. things are going a little bit off, maybe this is the time to not forget he sacrificed so much. >> it seems like there is a balance of loss, reference and as you say responsibility. >> reporter: absolutely. >> reporter: robin kurnow, thank you so much. she spokes with mandela, understands the politics here so much. we will deep painting the picture of what is happening now. teeing up an epic memor
, we are learning that president and mrs. obama will travel to south africa next week for the memorial events for nelson mandela. the first major events for wednesday. we don't have the exact schedule yet, but set for wednesday at the 90,000 seat stadium there. the president will go there and stay for the funeral service on sunday as well in south africa. that's the latest from the live desk. >> we will also learn more about plans to honor nelson mandela here in the u.s. we expect him to talk about 90 minutes from now. you see his statement live on the committee that deciding where a casino will go is hearing from the three companies competing for the game license. the committee is holding a hearing right now in annapolis. prince georges count you bureau chief is there and and we will have the latest this afternoon. >> the first family will flip the switch for the lighting of the national christmas tree. this is video of this morning's rehearsal, actress and comedian jane lynch is hosting and the preshow begins at 4:30. look for live coverage at 5:00 and 6:00 and on
throughout the struggle is inspiring. he inspired a generation of politicians like barack obama for whom the apartheid fight, the fight to end apartheid was their civil rights struggle that they were able to emotionally connect to. >> remembering mandela, you'll be talking about that on "meet the press" coming up at 10:30 here on nbc 4. thank you so much, david. >> all right, guys. good to see you. >> we continue to stay on top of our wintry weather that has made its with an he he to our area. >> let's check in with chuck. >> vj and i are in the storm center, keeping track of every flake as it comes down across the area. a lot more flakes coming up this morning into today. we're all worried about the we're all worried about the chanceuse chase freedom atselecs and get 5% cash back this quarter. so you can give her an even bigger surprise. activate your 5% cash back at chase. so you can. live pictures now outside the u.s. capital. you can really make out those big fat snowflakes coming down there. pretty impressive. >> we want to take you over to the white house. seeing
crashes, cancelled flights and chaos, and it's not over yet. >>> president obama is in the air right now headed to south africa to honor nelson mandela. security is tight as the soccer stadium there hosts dozens of the most important world leaders. >>> mary landrieu cast the deciding vote for obama care. >> southern democrats under attack. could republicans turn the state red by picking off a few vulnerable dems? good morning, i'm chris jansing. washington lawmakers getting close to something that almost never happens these days, a deal. they're headed back to d.c. right now to hammer out the details, but this budget agreement may not be much to write home about. the "washington post" basically called the agreement a cease-fire. we don't know many of the details but it's no grand bargain. it doesn't deal with entitlements, the debt or tax reform and probably won't completely fix the sequester, but aides for senator patty murray and congressman paul ryan, the budget chairs working on the deal are at least determined to keep the government open and they think they can get the plan together
events under way in south africa this morning to say good-bye to nelson mandela as president obama prepares to lead the u.s. delegation there. lester is live in soweto, south africa with the latest.
sacrificed his life for. >> president and mrs. obama along with former president bill clinton, george w. bush and jimmy carter will attend a memorial service for nelson mandela on tuesday. >>> the outside demonstrations that eventually help bring down the apartheid government in south africa actually began here in washington. one of the organizers was randall robinson, founder of transafrica. here's what he told cbs veteran correspondent bob schieffer today. >> when we went to the embassy and met with ambassador foray, we told him we wouldn't leave until nelson mandela had been released from prison. at the time few americans knew much about nelson mandela and we thought we had to build a big public story, more information in america that would inform americans about the role that our country had been playing. the ambassador had us arrested and that was followed by 5,000 americans who came to the embassy over the next year every day to be arrested. >> robinson now lives in st. kidd. he's the younger brother of the late max robinson, former news anchor here at channel 9. wusa9 will cover a week
wanted to exprez my deepest admiration and respect to president mandela and people of south africa. and all people of africa. thank you very much.. thank you. president obama will likely travel to south africa for the funeral of south africa president nelson mandela, according to the white house. nelson mandela died thursday. he was 95. coming up on c-span2, a hearing on higher education affordability. then senate judiciary committee chairman talks about human rights. and later an update on veterans disability claims. >>> a house panel investigation cost of higher education and the use of pell grants. we'll hear from student financial aid and higher education officials. this education and work force training subcommittee hearing is two hours. [inaudible conversations] the subcommittee will come to order. good morning. thank you for joining us for our hearing on pell grant program. we have an excellent panel of witnesses here this morning. we look toward to their testimony. this hearing is the 11th in the series designed to gain a more complete understanding of the challenges facing
for lawmakers. the flag of the u.s. capitol remains at half staff in honor of nelson mandela. the white house announced that the president and mr. obama -- and mrs. obama will be joined by presidents carter, clinton, and george w. bush honoring nelson mandela. we're going to begin with your comments and calls on a recent survey. a pew research study indicating power has declined. join in on the conversation, the lines -- you can join us on our social media, send us a tweet or send us an e-mail, . or join us on facebook. let's begin with a look at some of the newspapers. front page of "the washington post" has a scene from johannesburg. nelson mandela began the journey from tribal air to revolutionary icon. this from inside "the new york times," -- details from inside "the new york times." there is a new poll we want to draw your attention to. it essentially looks at the role we play in the world. here are some of the details -- support for u.s. global engagement is already nearing historic low and has fallen further. the public thinks that the nation does too much to solve
've heard people compare reagan to nelson mandela. or to sort of compare obama care to apartheid. i think that once we get the history right, i think a lot of truth comes out. >> 15 seconds to add anything. >> simple. they're racists. they're jeust raicists. people who are racists don't like to see people like machine daily la happen. we can talk political stuff, but there is always that level hostility. i'm glad leaders like gingrich won't stand for it. >> all right, guys. high speed train, the big three's must reads next. your stomach. try pepto to-go. it's pepto-bismol that fits in your pocket. relief can be yours, but your peanuts... are mine. ♪ but your peanuts... are mine. i'm bethand i'm michelle. and we own the paper cottage. it's a stationery and gifts store. anything we purchase for the paper cottage goes on our ink card. so you can manage your business expenses and access them online instantly with the game changing app from ink. we didn't get into business to spend time managing receipts, that's why we have ink. we like being in business because we like being creative, we li
now stories we're watching this hour on "happening now." the president and mrs. obama on their wear to south africa to attend the memorial service for nelson mandela. they will be joined by three american presidents and first ladies and 100 heads of state a big story for us. >>> a new mexico state police officer that shot at a minivan full of children in october, plans to appeal his firing claiming wrongful termination. the video shows the officer shooting at minivan as it drives away. there is more to that story. >>> the shipwrecked costa concordia when the captain left his ship, he is on trial for manslaughter abandoning the ship and causing the 2012 shipwreck because of sailing too close to the island. jon: north korean leader kim jong-un sending a tough message that no one is beyond reach in his regime even his family. he ousted his uncle at a leadership role after the uncle was arrested at a party sunday. this is far from kim jong-un's first purge. jonathan hunt is live with more. jonathan? >> reporter: very interesting, jon. this is a clear sign that kim jong-un, the leader of
. president obama will travel there for a memorial on tuesday along with president bush and clinton. mandela will be buried next sunday. he died thursday at the age of 95. >>> an iranian tv is reporting inspectors are getting a look inside one of the plants for the first time. anna? ♪ ♪ >>> well, score one for christmas. a new jersey mayor fighting the pc police renaming his town tree a christmas tree. for several years it's been called a holiday tree, and now the mayor is saying, enough is enough. the people across the nation are really rallying behind him. david fried, the mayor of robinsville township, new jersey, is here. >> good morning, thank you for having me. >> thanks for being here. you've been mayor for eight years, a small town of 17,000 people. you had a menorah celebration and christmas tree lighting. what happened in 2007. >> we started calling it a holiday tree. this year they wanted to make it a tree lighting. >> they even dropped the holiday. >> they were going to drop the holiday. i said, enough is enough. we have a menorah lighting. it's not a candle lab bra. we can h
... will power us all... into the future. ♪ >>> the obamas leave for south africa to join 50 world leaders to pay tribute to nelson mandela. george bush and his wife will join them aboard air force one. bill clinton and jimmy carter are set to attend as well. it's a big test for africa's government as they plan the memorial. 94,000 people are expected at fnb stadium home to the world cup final in 2010. 100,000 more expected in the area at overflow sports centers while many details were worked out well in advance politico reporting the last minute logistics for the secret service are daunting. the president's security won't have control over access and there are concerns on everything from the motorcade route to his safety once inside. meanwhile, sunday marked an official day of prayer across south africa but in church the scene was as remember celebratory as it was mournful. and a week after the deadly commuter train wreck in new york, officials are upgrading signals on the curve where the crash occurred. new signals are expected to be up and running this morning. four people were killed last sun
that is 6:30 5 p.m. eastern time here on c-span. president obama and first lady michelle obama will be traveling to johannesburg on tuesday. it will be attending a memorial service for the late president nelson mandela and the service will be held at ace 80 mf holds about 94,000 people. held at a stadium that holds about 94,000 people. tens of thousands of local mourners in dozens of foreign leaders are expected. also expecting british prime cameron, french president francois hollande, and canadian prime minister stephen harper. the event tuesdays is one of two major events planned. his funeral is planned for next sunday in his hometown. but we're going to turn to long- term unemployment benefits set to expire at the end of the month unless congress extends them. the house democratic steering committee held a hearing to review the issue. witnesses included people receiving unemployment benefits. this is an hour and a half. >> good morning, everyone. thank you for joining us for this hearing. good morning everyone. thank you very much for joining us for this hearing of this most
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